Dinner

By Marnely Rodriguez-Murray | August 3, 2012

This summer, beat the heat with a refreshing salad that not only will satisfy your hunger, but is full of fresh flavors and sweet (long awaited!) summer corn. Layered with crispy linguiça sausage, it’s the perfect salad to bring to barbeques and summer potlucks, to counteract the mayonnaise-laden salads that will be on the table.

What’s linguiça sausage? It’s born in Portugal and easily found in grocery stores around the United States. Some places where it’s popular include Seattle, Northeastern Massachusetts, Hawaii, and Rhode Island. Made from smoked and cured pork and spiced with garlic and paprika, linguiça is a flavorful sausage that adds a small amount of heat and a large amount of flavor to whatever you add it to. Enjoy this salad alongside grilled fish or meats, or all on its own as a stellar meal.

Photo by Marnely Rodriguez-Murray

Couscous & Linguica Summer Salad

Servings: 4-6
Calories: 300 per serving
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 links Linguica (Portuguese sausage)
  • 1 box couscous
  • 4 fresh corn cobs shucked
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, stems removed
  • 1 lemon juice and zest
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1. Cook the couscous as directed on the package and reserve

2. Chop the sausage into bite size pieces and add to a hot saute pan, rendering the fat and cooking it until crisp

3. Toss the couscous in a large bowl and add cooked sausage, corn kernels and cilantro

4. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and zest with the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper

5. Drizzle the lemon dressing over the salad and gently fold and decorate with fresh cilantro

*This salad can be served at room temperature

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